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Creating strong personal statements – any tips?

Hey y'all! I'm stressing out over my personal statement because I have no clue where to start. Does anyone have sample personal statements? What are the key features of a good personal statement?

6 months ago

Hey there! Personal statements can be tricky, but with some guidance, you'll be able to craft an essay that represents you well. Here's a general outline of the key features in a strong personal statement:

1. A captivating hook: Begin with a sentence or short story that immediately grabs the reader's attention and sets the tone for your essay. It's important that your hook relates to the overall theme/rest of your essay and isn't just a disjointed beginning used to grab the reader's attention.

2. Be authentic and personal: Write about an experience, passion, or personal characteristic that's unique to you. This is your opportunity to show the admission officers who you really are. Remember to focus on "showing" rather than "telling" by using vivid examples and anecdotes.

3. Demonstrate self-reflection: How has the experience or characteristic you're discussing shaped you as a person? Showcase your personal growth, emotional intelligence, and ability to learn from challenges and successes.

4. Highlight your strengths: Discuss the qualities that make you an excellent fit for your desired program or college. Relate these strengths back to the main theme of your essay, and show how this makes you a valuable addition to the school.

5. Strong conclusion: Wrap up your essay with a clear, concise conclusion that supports your main points and leaves a lasting impression. A good conclusion often restates your points in a more impactful way and leaves the reader with a meaningful takeaway.

As for sample personal statements, the CollegeVine blog has plenty of [examples and essay breakdowns] (https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-your-college-essay-the-ultimate-step-by-step-guide/). Just remember that you shouldn't base your essay off someone else's – yours should be unique to you and your experiences.

6 months ago

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